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My name is Jonathan Roosa, and I am currently starting my third year at UNT in the CSE Department, studying Computer Science. Over this past Summer, I represented UNT at NASA, where I interned with the International Space Station (ISS) Vehicle Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. While there, I finished the development of an in-house web application called the Integrated Tracking System (ITS). This web application tracks commitments for the organization that require funding or manpower support that impact the maintenance, payload facility, or general utilization of the ISS. Basically, ITS is used to keep track of any existing and proposed projects with related financial data, and a critical tool for the ISS Vehicle Office management team for making budgetary decisions. A user of the application can search and filter through projects on a multitude of queries, and can then export the data into an Excel format for further usage by the ISS Vehicle Office.
I spent the initial weeks at NASA becoming familiar with the code and discovered multiple minor issues. I resolved these issues by extensively refactoring the application code, such as the add/edit item system and condensing duplicate views. I then worked on enhancing the application and adding new features based on user input. My major accomplishments and improvements included:
My time at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and working with the ISS Vehicle Office has definitely proven to be a pivotal life experience. Through the opportunity to work alongside NASA employees, I gained an understanding of the professional environment and contributing as a team member. In addition, I learned a multitude of skills and gained invaluable experience with multiple programming languages and concepts, such as SQL and AngularJS, as well as the workings of the ASP.Net Web API and how to develop a web application that interacts with a browser. This internship was also my first major experience developing an application for multiple end users, as well as my first experience working with pre-existing code on a large project. And most importantly, I lived out a lifelong dream of working on something that benefits space exploration, establishing the foundations for a future career with NASA and advancing the human exploration of space.